Welcome to Dr. Christy Hill's Web Site

Welcome to my web site. My interests include facilitating the holistic development of men and women into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Areas of research and teaching interest include Christian Spirituality, What God is up to in the midst of Suffering, Women and Scripture, Personal and Interpersonal Development, Group Formation, Character Formation, Theology of Sanctification, and the larger discipline of Spiritual Formation.


What is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual formation is the “Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes like the inner being of Christ himself” (Dallas Willard).

Spiritual formation is growth “toward a destiny characterized by the fullness of Christ’s life and character (see Colossians 1:28)” (Neil Anderson and Robert Saucy).

Spiritual formation is the ever-deepening relationship between God and His beloved that leads to an increasing sense of Christ being formed in us.

Concept of Double Knowledge

John Calvin said:

“There is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of self and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God.”

The Reformers coined the phrase: “Sanctification recapitulates (rehearses) justification.”

Barriers to Growing in God:

  • We don’t value it.
  • We are too busy.
  • It’s hard. 
  • We don’t know how or where to start. 
  • We have never been confronted with the need to understand ourselves. 
  • We don’t have support from others.  
  • Pride
  • Fear of what we might find.